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Some things I just do for my personal amusement

Some time back, when I was tinkering with my WiFi set-up, I changed the SSID to “FBI Surveillance Van #2″.  Just a bit of personal amusement. I found out today that my younger niece completely freaked out recently because she thought the FBI was in the neighborhood snooping around.  (Given the legal history of her […]

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Spying through your browser

“Any computer running the Chrome browser can be subverted to eavesdrop on conversations happening around it” (Via SDA)

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Anonymous Search Engine

If you aren’t worried that Google, Microsoft, and/or the government are or might be paying attention to your search engine queries you probably don’t need to read any further.  You probably also like that when you use Google or Bing or some web sites they throw up advertising based on your previous web searches and […]

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Review of Windows 8

This is going to be a stream of consciousness review of Windows 8. I’d like to think it’s in the mold of Kerouac or Thompson but frankly, it’s probably just that I’m too lazy to say “period” after each sentence while I’m dictating to my speech recognition software. I installed Windows 8 on the Head […]

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In which cziltang gets backed into a corner

I’ve been busy lately trying to keep up with school, work, family stuff and other assorted issues.  Being, as the phrase goes, “unencumbered by the confines of regular employment” has its advantages.  I usually only work on weekends, I’ve gotten enough installation jobs in the last month to pay the rent and some of the […]

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And I should listen to you because?

One of the classes I’m taking this semester is a sort of general computer course.  I know that’s not terribly descriptive, but it’s hard to describe.  It’s pretty much a hodge-podge of basic information.  In the book we’re using, the current chapter introduces the concept of “find and replace” in text documents.  (Yes, it’s a […]

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Oh, by the way

Just in case anyone from the IT department at my work has figured out who I am and is checking Ratlands for incorrect thoughts or other improprieties, I can save you the trouble of searching the logs on my office computer.  All these midday posts are written and scheduled for automatic publication in advance. I’ve […]

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Passwords

I’ve been meaning to get to this for a while because it’s important.  Next time you create a password for an account, keep this advice in mind. I have been doing this for a while, as a guy I really respect in our IT department told me about it several months ago.  Using a phrase […]

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That much closer to Marvin

Or maybe not.  Douglas Adams had a character in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Marvin, an incredibly intelligent robot who was, for lack of a better term, terminally depressed. University of Texas researchers have now created a computer with schizophrenia. One small step for man, one giant leap for robot therapists. (via GeekPress)

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Free software

Here’s an article that lists 101 free software alternatives to the commercial software a lot of us use.

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